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Finding Fire Cleanup Help in Orlando

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Plagued by odors and residue after a fire? Call SERVPRO for effective fire damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Assists Homeowners with Fire Cleanup

When you think of Orlando, Florida, the first thing you may think about is theme parks and tourist attractions. However, Orlando is a city with a rich history and over 250,000 residents. Orlando does boast of having the most visitors per year than any other destination in the world. In 2015, 68 million people visited Orlando.

Something most people don't know is that Orlando has over 100 lakes. The most prominent and famous lake in Orlando is Lake Eola, which is actually a sinkhole. In 1873 the cattle farmer Jacob Summerlin bought the land where Lake Eola sits. Little did anyone know a sinkhole at the edge of the property over a natural aquifer 200 feet underground. The aquifer filled from the bottom and the rainwater caused a sinkhole from above, creating what we now know as Lake Eola. At one time, the lake was 80 feet deep, but now the maximum depth is 23 feet 8 inches with an average depth of 11 feet 5 inches.

Lake Eola is the center of downtown Orlando. The Summerlin family donated it to the city in 1888 with the agreement that it would be a beautification project. Since then, there have been many beautification projects and updates to keep the park and the lake a beautiful attraction to both residents and visitors.

A beautiful feature of Lake Eola is the fountain. In 1912 it was built for 10,000 and quickly became a top-rated attraction. The city replaced the fountain for $350,000 in the late 1950s and named it the Centennial Fountain. Unfortunately, lightning struck the iconic fountain in 2009. However, being that it is such an essential piece of Orlando's history, the city spent 2 million dollars to repair it and update it to include spray jets during the day and a light show at night. The city also renamed the fountain to memorialize the fountain builder from the 50s. It is now called the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain.

Fun things to do at Lake Eola Park:

  • Enjoy the playground, memorials, or public art.
  • Paddle with one of the famous swan boats on the lake. 
  • Watch the various breeds of swans living at the lake; Trumeter, Black Neck, Whooper, Roayl, Mute, and Australian Black. 
  • Enjoy the farmers market, summer movies, or even concerts.

Methods of Cleaning After a Fire

Fire Cleanup is not always straightforward and best addressed by professionals. Different methods and products are required for optimal results. Your belongings may require off site cleaning, while you may need to clean the structure of your home, including permanent surfaces and building materials.

Our Professional SERVPRO team identifies how to best clean each surface by testing the surface and determining the type of residue they are cleaning. It is important to remember that not every surface is the same, and technicians should approach them accordingly.

The two categories of materials for cleaning are:

  • Washable: materials that respond to water-based cleaning products. 
  • Non-washable: materials that respond best to dry cleaning methods such as vacuuming or brushing away residue. 

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621.

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